Mustang News Staff Report
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Cal Poly will release its master plan to the general public on Friday, according to a campuswide email sent out Thursday.
The plan, which has been in the works since Fall 2014, will help Cal Poly “prepare for the next 20 years,” the email said. Details of the plan are conceptual and don’t reflect any specific proposals or plans, according to the email. The plan is based off of Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong’s Vision 2022 address and the academic plan for enrollment.
Mustang News will sit down with Armstrong on Friday for more detail, but here’s what we know so far:
The goal is to house 100 percent of freshmen and sophomores. Currently, Cal Poly houses 37 percent of all students; the university aims to increase that number to 65 percent. In addition, administrators are considering offering special on-campus housing for groups such as greek life, faculty and staff, graduate students and students with families.
2) Campus core
The core of campus will be used for academic activities, support services and open and green areas. Over the next 20 years, older academic buildings will be replaced to provide opportunities for classrooms, labs and other learning spaces.
These goals will be developed with sustainability in mind — Cal Poly has a “comprehensive droughtplan” and intends to be a national leader in environmental practices.
Cal Poly aims to educate “more diverse students to better reflect California,” but according to the email, the university cannot increase the number of California resident students without more funding from the state.
This summer, the planning team will write the first draft of the master plan, providing recommendations for facilities, transportation, campus core development, housing and support services, as well as beginning the environmental review process.
There will be two master plan open houses, allowing attendees to discuss the plan, meet the team and provide input. The first session will be on Thursday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kennedy Library atrium, and the second will be held in the San Luis Obispo Library on May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Check back in with Mustang News tomorrow for more details on the plan, including Armstrong’s input.
Jacob Lauing and Kayla Missman contributed to this report.